What is going on in the city of Compton? Compton taxpayers are still fuming over thousands of dollars being spent to “educate” them on the mayor’s #VisionForCompton. Elected on a 12 point plan, Mayor Aja Brown is looking to fulfill her campaign promises via ballot Measure P, to raise the sales tax to a whopping 10%. Residents also ponder as to why the city manager is doing voter education outreach and not the city clerk’s office.
The #PennyForProgress campaign launched under a cloud of controversy. City council didn’t want to spend taxpayers money to educate the residents on the measure, however, the city manager punked them and doubled the proposed budget, with no recourse.
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Mayor Brown kicked off the campaign writing a “Dear Resident” letter asking for their support. She also gained support from councilman Isaac Galvan and a couple of local rappers.
Mayor Brown publicly denounces gang violence, yet one of the rappers endorsing this important measure, used gang references in their social media messaging, urging Comptonites to vote in favor of the measure.
There has been no mention of how much sales tax Compton currently brings in nor how this magic number of an additional $7 million per year will be achieved.
No analysis has been shown to residents of how neighboring cities have increased their general funds, via similar increases, by showing what they were receiving against what’s coming in after the increase.
There is no formula on how the funds will be allocated, given that the increased tax went from covering street repairs, to restoring vital city services and restoring a baseball field.
No public discussion has taken place on selection criteria, for the oversight committee, that will monitor the spending of the funds, should the measure pass.
2 Urban Girls was given a copy of a recent poll, conducted by the city, where $40,000 was spent calling 388 residents. From the looks of the questions, the poll was not about the sales tax measure, but moreso whether residents support the mayor and the direction of the city.
Mayor Brown was elected in 2013 as the city faced an alleged budget shortfall and documented mismanagement of transportation funds, designated for street repairs. There has been no discussion of whether the city is owed additional monies under Measure R or the upcoming budget seeking to finish Measure R projects as outlined by SCAG and the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG).
In 2014 a resurfacing of approx 77 city streets took place under the Concrete Asphalt Rehabilitation Effort (C.A.R.E.) Project which was funded by Measure R and Proposition C.
The only former Compton elected official publicly supporting the sales tax increase, just so happens to be running for Congress, on the same ballot.
2 Urban Girls joins Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Concerned Citizens of Compton, NAEJA, the Compton Herald and the LA County Democrat Party in urging Compton residents to vote NO on Measure P, Tuesday, June 7th.